Feb 23, 2020 15:40 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Mar 31, 2020 10:26 Asia/Tehran]
  • Iranian President issues instruction to Health minister mobilization of all facilities to contain Coronavirus
    Iranian President issues instruction to Health minister mobilization of all facilities to contain Coronavirus

Tehran (IP) - President issued a new instruction to the Minister of Health and Medical Education tasking him with mobilising all facilities of its related bodies for stopping the outbreak of coronavirus and eradicating it as soon as possible.

Iran PressIran news: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani who had previously instructed the Minister of Health and Medical Education to form the National Headquarters for Managing Coronavirus, issued a new instruction to him, tasking him with holding regular meetings and mobilizing all facilities of its related bodies for stopping the outbreak of Coronavirus and eradicating it as soon as possible.

President Hassan Rouhani’s instruction to Minister of Health and Medical Education Saeed Namaki is as follows: "Considering the necessity for all institutions working together on the prevention of the outbreak of Coronavirus, you are being given the mission to form National Headquarters for Managing Coronavirus under your supervision consisting of ministers of Interior, Roads and Urban Development, Education, Science, Research and Technology, Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts, Islamic Culture and Guidance, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Attorney-General, Head of Plan and Budget Organisation, Head of IRIB, Head of Hajj and Pilgrimage Organisation, Government Spokesperson, and the Chief Commander of Law Enforcement Force."

Rouhani in his instruction continued to say: "You are expected to hold regular meetings for field review and detailed information, policymaking, and timely provision of health, medical and pharmaceutical services, dissemination of educational content to the general public, physicians, medical teams and hospital staff, and other necessary administrative measures, and use the power of all relevant organizations to help prevent the spread and eradicate the disease as quickly as possible and to report regularly to me. You are also expected to invite heads of other organs when needed.

Iran's Minister of Health and Medical Education Saeid Namaki on Sunday said that so far, 285 individuals have been tested for coronavirus infection and only 18 of those have tested positive.

The outbreak of coronavirus - known as COVID-19 - in Iran was first detected on 19 February, when health authorities in Qom confirmed the death of two elderly people as a result of the first incidence of the disease in Iran.

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